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Posted on: October 28, 2021

COVID Vaccine updates

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COVID Vaccine updates from the Connecticut Department of Public Health & CDC


1. Booster Shot
  • People 65 years and older, 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions, or 18 years and older who live in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot. 
  • People 18 years and older should receive a booster shot at least 2 months after receiving their Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.

If you received Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna:
You are eligible for a booster if you are: 
When to get a booster:
At least 6 months after your second shot
Which booster should you get?
Any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States

If you received Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen:
You are eligible for a booster if you are:
When to get a booster:
At least 2 months after your second shot
Which booster should you get?
Any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States

More Information and FAQs Here: 


2. COVID Vaccines For 5–11-Year-Old Children
On 10/26, the Food and Drug Administration’s independent advisory group recommended that the Pfizer-BioNTech application for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for its COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 through 11 be approved. Currently, only children 12-years-and-older are eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The Connecticut Department of Public Health anticipates several additional authorization activities to follow shortly:
  1. In the next days, the FDA will likely accept these recommendations and issue an EUA for the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 through 11
  2. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s independent advisory group, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will meet next week on Nov. 2 and 3 to issue its own independent recommendations related to the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 through 11 
  3. The CDC Director will likely accept the ACIP’s recommendations
  4. If all recommendations and approvals go smoothly, Connecticut will begin administration of COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 5 through 11 on Thursday, Nov. 4 
Children and families will have many options for where to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, including: 
    • Pediatricians: Hundreds of pediatricians will be administering COVID-19 vaccines across the State of Connecticut. However, not all pediatricians will have the COVID-19 vaccine, so if your child’s provider doesn’t offer the COVID-19 vaccine, please refer to one of the other options provided.  
    • Pharmacies: There will be hundreds of pharmacy locations that are offering the COVID-19 vaccine to children, including many CVS, Walgreens, RiteAid, and other pharmacy chains across the state as well as independent pharmacies. Pharmacies provide a safe, convenient, and easy location to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Pharmacies have rolled out specialized trainings for their pharmacist staff to provide vaccines for younger children. 
    • School-based clinics: The Department of Public Health and the Connecticut State Department of Education are collaborating to offer on-site clinics at schools across the State of Connecticut. These will either be led by school-based health centers or special mobile teams that are specifically trained to offer vaccines for younger children. Information about such clinics will be provided by schools or districts directly. 
    • Other locations: In addition to the above, several health systems and local health departments will be offering COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 5–11. 

Everyone is encouraged to visit ct.gov/covidvaccine to learn more. You can also use that website to search for a convenient location near you to find a vaccine for your child.


Please click this link for the full CT DPH Press Release: cdc-logo-2


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